What Bretagne brings you
From research to manufacturing, via development and training, from large composite parts to customised on-board systems, the 210 players in the Bretagne ecosystem cover some thirty trades related to offshore racing. In Bretagne you will find your industrial and technological partners to develop and manufacture your products.
Land of experimentation
With 200 active stables and sports projects, including 11 Imoca teams, 3 Ultim teams, 8 to 9 Class40s and 80 to 90 Mini projects, and the construction of 10 new Imoca boats at the end of the 2020-2021 Vendée Globe, Bretagne Sailing Valley is the only place to be for experimenting with your technologies. Here, the teams find companies of excellence, high technology and innovation that meet their performance challenges. A signature of collective intelligence, the Imocas and the Ultim maxi-trimarans concentrate all the know-how of the nautical industry, highlighted during the major offshore races.
The Bretagne players in the competitive sailing, nautical and naval sectors cooperate to innovate and progress. Eurolarge Innovation, Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique, and Bretagne Pôle Naval bring together companies and research laboratories around collaborative projects to develop clean technologies, improve safety and protect the environment. The Ecovoile project brings together the various technological building blocks of a sailing boat for a transition towards sustainable performance.
Cutting-edge expertise in materials
At the heart of competitive sailing, materials have to meet performance challenges. Bretagne has developed an ecosystem of excellence around smart, biosourced, eco-designed and recyclable materials and large, high-precision composite parts. The following are mobilised : 150 players including 113 companies, cutting-edge research, an innovation dynamic with research centres, testing resources and technical and technological platforms.
A veritable laboratory of innovation and high on-board technologies, competitive sailing brings diversified know-how that can be applied to many other sectors. From the space industry to renewable marine energies, via the nautical industry and maritime transport, they all face the same ecological transition and safety challenges. Eurolarge Innovation, Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique and Bretagne Pôle Naval support companies in their innovations and technological advances and in transferring their technologies.
A dedicated incubator
Finistère Mer Vent is an incubator and accelerator that supports the development of companies in the nautical and ocean racing sectors, particularly in four areas : safety at sea, energy, sustainable development and digital technology.
Opportunity : navigation of the future
Its dense maritime ecosystem and innovation dynamic make Bretagne a pioneering region in the navigation of the future, be it for the transport of passengers or cargo, oceanic research or defence. These sectors have a strong interest in the technologies involved in the design and manufacture of new generation clean boats, including sail and hydrogen propulsion systems. Examples: Hylias, Energy Observer, Grain de Sail, Towt, Brittany Ferries (LNG-electric battery hybrid ships).
Our talents :
Training, research, innovation
- Training courses, from Bac+2 to the PhD, including ENSTA Bretagne, cover all activities in the competitive sailing, nautical and naval sectors, from joinery to on-board systems, via the mechanics or propulsion systems.
- Institut de recherche de l’École Navale (IRENav) ; Institut de Recherche Dupuy de Lôme (IRDL), the reference laboratory for mechanical systems in Europe linked to material engineering; the main laboratories for digital sciences and technologies applied to the major national sectors, including the maritime environment: Lab-STICC, Irisa, Inria, IETR, ISEN Rennes. All these research centres have technical platforms and work hand-in-hand with companies, thereby facilitating technology transfers.
- Other players specialise in materials and composites : the Compositic technical platform and the Innozh Composite technical and training centre, SUNI (ENS Rennes), Ifremer, MASMECA (ENSTA Bretagne), EMC2 (Advanced Manufacturing European hub), IRMA (Regional Institute for Advance Materials), the Excelcar industrial innovation accelerator.
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To go further
- Interactive map & directory of competitive sailing in Bretagne
- Study : the competitive sailing sector in Bretagne, 2020 edition (French)
- Interactive map & directory of composite players in Bretagne (French)
- Video : in Bretagne we produce large carbon parts
- Video : in Bretagne we produce high-precision carbon parts
- Video : In Bretagne, we test our materials in extreme conditions
- Video : In Bretagne we design Innovative Materials
- Video : In Betagne, composites in competitive sailing inspires other industries